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Integrated Research Training Group of SFB 852: Biology of Nutrition

Research Focus

The Collaborative Research Center „Nutrition and intestinal microbiota – host interaction in the pig“ investigates the interactions between nutritional factors, the intestinal flora and the host organism, and the resulting consequences for pig health employing innovative, experimental, analytical and biostatistitical methods. Special focus is laid on effects of food additives and particularly on mechanistic studies on effects of probiotics and trace elements.

The integrative concept of the Collaborative Research Center enables a profund characterisation of the intestinal microbiota and their metabolic activity as well as the reaction of the host organism and the mutual interaction.

Interdisciplinary project areas: Investigation of the intestinal microbiota and description of physiological and pathophysiological processes within the gastrointestinal tract.


Animal Nutrition, Physiology, Anatomy, Bioinformatics, Biometrics, Food Safety, Food Hygiene, Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology, Virology, Parasitology, Molecular Biology

Program Type and Funding

Integrated Research Training Group of Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 852 “Nutrition and Intestial Microbiota-Host Interactions in the Pig” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Responsible Institution

Freie Universität Berlin (Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Zentek, Institute of Animal Nutrition, Department of Veterinary Medicine), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke


2010 - 2014

Number of doctoral researchers supported



German, English